Colorado State Holidays
Discover upcoming public holiday dates for Colorado and start planning to make the most of your time off.
Colorado recognizes federal holidays including Christmas, Labor Day and President’s Day. Colorado also allows state employees to observe Cesar Chavez Day on March 31 in place of another holiday if they so choose. The holiday is in recognition of a migrant farm worker who shed light on the issues faced by migrant farm workers in the United States in the 1960s.
On most holidays, public offices including city, state and county offices are closed. Employees are given paid days off on those holidays. If a private employer chooses to close on a holiday, they are not required to pay employees for the day off. Many employers in Colorado do offer paid holidays to their employees even though it is not required.
Local communities may also celebrate other holidays in Colorado where local businesses or city offices may be closed. These are not necessarily state-sanctioned holidays, but state laws apply to hourly rates and payment to employees. If a holiday in Colorado falls on a Saturday, it is observed the day before while Sunday holidays are celebrated the day after. There are no laws in place regarding payment of wages should payday fall on a holiday in Colorado.